Arts & Culture


Every day, you drive by hundreds of businesses you've never stopped at, shopped at or (sometimes) even noticed. That's where we come in. From reptile markets to running groups, bead stores to bodegas, natatoriums to nude retreats, You Know The Place explores the Idaho stores, shops, clubs and pubs you always pass by, but never seem to visit. Podcast co-hosts Lacey Daley and Joel Wayne join Idaho Matters to talk about Boise's best kept secrets.

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The theaters will be filled with action movies this summer - 'Solo,' 'Deadpool 2,' 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' and 'Oceans 8' will keep the lucrative franchises alive for another year and on Friday's Idaho Matters we talk with Boise Weekly film critic George Prentice about which films to pick and which should get a pass.

Stewart's Gem Shop

May 24, 2018
Joel Wayne

We stumbled upon a hidden gem in west downtown Boise that just happens to sell gems. Coincidence? You tell us.


Boise Music Week begins its 100th year of events that will include jazz perofrmanceschoral and organ recitals and performances of The Music ManWe talk with Boise Music Week board president Roger Lingle and board member and director of The Music Man, Allyn Krueger, about what to expect this year and why it has sustained as the state's longest enduring annual gathering of performers.

Sunset Club

May 17, 2018
Joel Wayne

When's the last time you celebrated the sunset? We drop in on a social club for "those who like watching the sunset, getting together with queerfolk and having a hoot." Because, why not? Champagne toast included.

Greg Bayne

Boise filmmaker Greg Bayne produced and directed two documentary features, Jens Pulver | DRIVEN (2011), and Bloodsworth–An Innocent Man (2015) and was recognized as the  2012 Sundance New Frontier Storytelling Fellow and 2015 IFP Screen Forward Lab fellow.vHis 2017 noir film, 6 Dynamic Laws for Success (In Life, Love & Money) was shown last weekend at The Flicks in Boise and has been extended for an additional week.

The 2018 edition of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is set to begin later this month when the repertory company opens with a stage adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel Misery. A number of high-profile dramas and musicals, including Macbeth, Pride and Prejudice and Mama Mia, will round out the season.

JUMP (& Tractors)

May 10, 2018
Lacey Daley

Week six and it's about time we address the elephant in the room, er, city: What the heck is JUMP?

May the Fourth be with you! Film critic George Prentice discusses the ways Star Wars has crossed generations and become a cultural phenomenon, infiltrating every part of mainstream pop culture.

Joel Wayne

It's week five and we find ourselves looking for a place and an experience.  #postfloatglow is a real thing, people.

Remember your childhood dreams of being a rock star? Boise Rock School makes those dreams (almost) come true by teaming up with kids and teaching the art of rock. From beginners to experts, the instructors will teach children to channel their inner-Jagger while instilling teamwork and fostering a passion for music.

Zoo Boise is undergoing many changes this past year; a new giraffe, the ground breaking of a new African exhibit and a new director.  Gene Peacock will assume his new role as Zoo Boise's director following the resignation of Steve Burns after a twenty-year tenure.  Peacock joins Idaho Matters to discuss the new exhibits and his vision for Zoo Boise.

TED Talks were founded in 1984 as a conference of speakers bringing together new ideas about the melding of technology, entertainment and design in contemporary culture.  Since 1990, TED has produced annual conferences that have featured such speakers as Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall and Bono.

Michal Ronnen Safdie

As downtown Boise continues to be developed, plans are in the works to build a new library for the City of Trees. 

The Lucky Ones

Apr 26, 2018

When Madeline Rose Scott was asked to photograph refugees arriving to Boise for placement, she saw an opportunity to document the humanity of the resettlement process. She photographed several refugees fleeing civil war and violence just hours ahead of Donald Trump's travel ban on select Muslim countries. She captured the fear, the trepidation and the relief shared by so many who came to start a new life.